NYSCHA Awardees

Congratulations to the NYSCHA 2017 Awardees

New York State College Health Association
2017 Outstanding Student Award
Tristan Ford, University of Rochester 

Congratulations to Tristan Ford, recipient of the New York State College Health Association’s 2017 Outstanding Student Award. Tristan is being recognized for his outstanding contributions to the health and safety of students at the University of Rochester and his involvement in college health at the state and national level. As Chair of the UR Student Health Advisory Committee, Tristan led the efforts to gain student support for the University to become tobacco-free. Tristan shared his commitment to college health beyond the University through his membership on the Executive Board of the New York State College Health Association and through his role as the Advocacy Chair for the Student/Consumer Section of the American College Health Association.

New York State College Health Association
2017 Outstanding Student Group Award
SUNY Geneseo AOD Advocates Group, SUNY Geneseo

The SUNY Geneseo AOD Advocates group evolved from a specific office created at the university in response to the tragic death of a student following an alcohol overdose in 2009. A college wide commitment to education, research and training by staff, faculty and students resulted in the design and implementation of the AOD advocacy program in 2014. Since its inception this group of intensively trained undergraduate students has “enhanced the wellbeing of their fellow students by reaching out to peers to assist in preventing alcohol and other drug related harms among a population at tremendous risk …”


New York State College Health Association
ACHA New Professional Award
HEIDI TANNER, M.ED., Hartwick College


2017 ACHA New Professional Award  Winner Heidi Tanner
2017 ACHA New Professional Award Winner
Heidi Tanner

Heidi Tanner currently serves as the coordinator of Health Promotion and director of the Campbell Fitness Center at Hartwick College. As the coordinator of Health Promotion, Heidi collaborates extensively with other offices and initiatives on campus: she trains fitness center and exercise studio staff on several health-related issues; she serves on Hartwick College’s Title IX Committee; she collaborates with Campus Safety to offer self-defense education and courses; she works with Athletics and Greek Life to provide education on anti-hazing, bystander training, and healthy eating; she collaborates with the Counseling Center to offer depression and stress screening; she collaborates with the Health Center to provide timely education on the flu and other disease precautions; and in addition to all of her health promotion duties, she manages both the fitness center and the Hutman studio and serves as an Adjunct Lecturer in the Physical Education Department. Heidi’s colleagues admire her positive attitude and strong work ethic, and they view her as a true asset to the Hartwick College Student Affairs team.


NYSCHA 2016 Awardees


For Leadership, Dedication, and Vision

Maureen Pavone, RN 
Stony Brook University

Maureen Pavone 2016

Maureen is an individual who has had a significant impact at Stony Brook University. Whenever there is a request for additional volunteering for open houses, community information and health and wellness fairs, graduation ceremonies, scooping out success or heating up success programs for student affairs, Maureen is always willing to go the extra step and give of her time and expertise.  She is also committed to the American Heart Association in her capacity as a CPR-AED trainer, where she became an instructor for the American Red Cross to teach CPR to student health services staff and the University hospital since 2004. 


For Leadership, Commitment, and Perseverance


For Leadership, Commitment, and Enthusiasm

Estela Rivero, PhD,
University at Albany, SUNY 

Estella Rivero 2016

During 25 years as Director of CAPS at University at Albany, SUNY, Estela Rivero has made dramatic contributions with regard to fairness and equity. As a result, of Dr. Rivero’s efforts, CAPS has been recognized by SUNY Albany as having one of the most diverse staff compositions at the university, which includes practitioners representing diversity with regards to race and ethnicity, gender identity, and sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, spirituality, among other areas. Dr. Rivero’s record of professional excellence and commitment illustrate clearly and unequivocally how her work and life have exemplified boundless energy, initiative, generosity, forthrightness, high standards, and most of all, devotion to college health.

NYSCHA 2016 Outstanding Student Award

This award recognizes a student who has made contributions to the health of his/her their campus and/or to the New York State College Health Association.

Abigail Dubovi
University at Albany, SUNY

2016 Award Winner, Abigail Dubovi
2016 Award Winner, Abigail Dubovi

Abigail Dubovi, a fourth-year doctoral student in the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology at the University at Albany, SUNY, has taken the lead in building infrastructures in Middle Earth to launch a new, evidence-based Peer Wellness Coaching service that is being pilot-tested this semester. Abigail has been involved in the President’s Advisory Council on the Prevention of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Related Risk Behaviors as well as a presenter at the NYSCHHA 2016 Annual Meeting and other regional and national conferences focused on college student health. She is an outstanding example of the dedication and professionalism.

NYSCHA Outstanding Student Group Award

This award recognizes student groups that have made contributions to the health of their campus and/or to the New York State College Health Association.

Stony Brook University
Student Health Advisory Committee

Stony Brook SHAC
2016 Student NYSCHA Award Winners

The Stony Brook Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) is the primary avenue for student and campus community input into planning, delivery, and evaluation of health, counseling, and prevention services. Stony Brook University’s SHAC has played an integral part in contributing to and enhancing the services provided by the Student Health Service as well as the Center for Prevention and Outreach and the Counseling and Psychological Services Units.

This year, SHAC hosted National Minority Cancer Awareness Week, HPV Cancer Risk; Minority Cancer Risk Awareness. This month-long effort worked to engage students in the conversation about health – life-long health and decreasing cancer risk and culminated in the workshop presentation on April 11, 2016, hosted by SHAC. This project was supported by Stony Brook University’s Cancer Center, Stony Brook University’s Gynecologic Oncology, the Long Island Tobacco Action Coalition, American Lung Assn., and the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition.